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7.10.17

Original GT160


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I've been paying Retrospective Scooters a few visits of late due to ongoing starting issues with my Motovespa GT160, despite a recent mechanical overhaul. Anyhow, all is now as it should be since having a new CDI coil and stator plate fitted.

While there and being invited to eat lunch with the friendly Retrospective folk, I saw the above, rather lovely original paint Motovespa GT160 in for a service, brought in by a customer who recently acquired it. 

Hailing from Barcelona and very similar to my own 1971 GT160, this is an earlier late '60s model before they added the stripes. However, unlike mine which has a P200 motor fitted, this bike still has the original GT160 motor as when it left the Madrid factory, complete with Femsa ignition system. I had a quick go on this up and down the road and was pleasantly surprised by the lively torquey feel of the piston ported engine; interesting for me as I'd always wondered what they were like - most imported Spanish bikes to the UK have had their engines swapped with P-Range/PX units..



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Looks like this vespa has had some recent attention back home in its native Spain before landing in the UK, judging by the below workshop sticker..



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The new owner was of the mind apparently to 'restore' this.. thankfully Retrospective managed to talk him around into keeping it original and he has now seen sense. Each to their own but to strip and re-paint this would have been criminal..!



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2 comments:

  1. Sorry but the Motovespa 160 (1968-71) was originally painted in dark blue. None on orange (wich belongs only to the next model, GT range). Anyway a lovely usable bike... I wouldn't restore that unit neither. Cheers.

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    1. Interesting, thanks for that. I have seen a few early GT160s in the dark/teal blue, have you seen this old advert though which shows both the blue & orange - https://flic.kr/p/kdvYrk

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